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By Tom Edrington
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mission accomplished for Luke Donald.
Donald made golf history Sunday with his closing 66 and third place finish at the Dubai World Championship, staged on the Earth course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Donald's 16-under par total closed his season and he is the overall winner of the Race To Dubai. He is the leading money winner on both the European Tour and the PGA Tour. No golfer has accomplished that feat.
"It's funny to sum up how I feel," Donald said afterward. "This is something I've wanted for the last few months -- to try and win both money lists."
Donald also said his father was on his mind as well. Donald's father passed away a short time ago. "He would have been very proud," Donald said. "He would just give me a big hug."
Donald started the week with a challenge from Rory McIlroy, who opened with a 66. But after a pair of 71s, it was evident that McIlroy would not win the tournament and Donald could stroll to the overall money title. Instead, he put on a hard challenge for the tournament title as well, shooting 66 over his final 36 holes.
"I got what I came for," Donald said, smiling as he accepted the Race to Dubai trophy. "And that was to win the Race to Dubai and do the double and create history."
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